Obama Wins Foreign Policy Debate Because Romney Was a Bully

Before the debate even ended, the Twitterati were all over the Obama Wins thing. Honestly, all I recall was that Romney switched the conversation over to the economy as soon as he could, they toed party lines (er, Netanyahu's party lines) on the Israel/Iran questions, and then turned it back to the economy, and Detroit out of nowhere, on the China question. Oh, and Romney's facial expressions.

I swear, every time I saw his face I just thought he was standing there, judging me with his mean face. He interrupted and bullied, just as he did in the first debate. Obama was nice, and genuine, and had legitimate and possibly inspiring things to say. All Romney did was remind us that HEY GUYS I'M STILL TALKING.

Then there was the whole can't-pronounce-entrepreneur thing: I'm I the only one who noticed that?

But, in reality: I didn't agree with either one on any real issue discussed (esp. vis a vis Israel and Iran), but Obama came off as much more thoughtful, logical, and realistic. Once Romney opened up after basically agreeing with Obama on Syria, he became a huge hawk: pwn Iran, pwn Iran, pwn Iran, pwn Pakistan, pwn China. The man's got a little bit of a Cheney complex going on.

ANYWAY, the media always says that the U.S. elects presidents based on likeability (ABC just said "Obama humanized what he was talking about"). Who would you rather have a beer with? Well, I'd WAY rather have a beer with Obama.

Here's my live-blog, if you want to re-live the glory.

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Audrey Farber

After graduating from some prestigious university somewhere, I worked for academic research, social justice, and arts non-profits in the U.S., Israel, Jordan. I formerly ran a collective blogging project and contributed to Middle East-oriented discussions around the interwebs until I gave up on changing the world. I usually believe in complete social revolution and I make it a point to flout every social expectation I encounter. I do this by living in the Rocky Mountains (for realz) and complaining about tourists, enjoying waffles for dinner, putting easter egg links in my posts, and wishing I was way nerdier. I also like to think I'm the funniest person you've ever met, which may or may not be true. I've also driven across the country by myself more times than I'd care to admit.

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